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Pecan Butterscotch Cookies Recipe

Pecan Butterscotch Cookies Recipe

These are the quickest, tastiest cookies I've ever made. They can be varied endlessly, but I come back to this version time after time. —Trisha Kruse, Eagle, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:21 servings


  • 1 cup complete buttermilk pancake mix
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant butterscotch pudding mix
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted


  • 1. In a large bowl, beat the pancake mix, dry pudding mix, butter and egg until blended. Stir in pecans.
  • 2. Roll into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Flatten with the bottom of a glass. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until edges begin to brown. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 1-1/2 dozen.

Recipe Note

Editor's Note: You may substitute biscuit/baking mix for the complete buttermilk pancake mix.

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie: 85 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 17mg cholesterol, 178mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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Orbs User ID: 7287623 249292
Reviewed Jun. 10, 2016

"Delicious and so easy. I made these for my Mom so she could freeze them and have them on hand for company. I added instant Vanilla pudding as my grocery store didn't have Butterscotch; so added butterscotch chips. Thank you, Trisha, for sharing this recipe."

wkbking User ID: 1699734 113534
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2014

"I substituted coconut cream pudding mix for the butterscotch and added 1 cup of white chocolate chips. Amazing!!!"

germanycook User ID: 6411056 122142
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2014

"I have mixed feelings about these cookies - they were quick to put together and satisfied the initial craving, but weren't really drop-dead delicious and the next day they just tasted crumbly and like 'package mix'. Don't think I would make them again."

ksdelong User ID: 7134035 180952
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2013 Edited Sep. 17, 2013

"OMG! These cookies just melt in your mouth!! Please try them!! For the butter portion---you must go by the markings on the butter stick.... Do not use just a measuring cup....... That might be why some of the ladies here didn't have too much luck. But I made a double batch when I made these."

ShariLewis User ID: 6386813 210627
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2013

"I was excited to try these because I love butterscotch. Super easy to make the cookie dough - BUT, I was so disappointed with the end product. This recipe definitely needs something. It has a butterscotch taste, but I agree with the reviewer that said it was like having a mouthful of dry pancake mix. This recipe will be going in the trash."

anghinson User ID: 6905742 210626
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2012

"I followed the recipe just as it stated and while the cookies were soft and chewy, they had no flavor and a bad after taste. Definitely a fail and I won't be making these again."

ladycorpse2001 User ID: 988064 183307
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2012

"I truly wish I had read ALL of the reviews before I mixed a double batch of these cookies. I took one bite and felt like I had a mouthful of pancake mix. I'm truly glad I didn't waste my box of pumpkin spice instant pudding mix."

anitadee1 User ID: 5760549 143609
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

"I thought they were tasteless.No one else in family liked them either"

emit1961 User ID: 4614913 97724
Reviewed Jul. 24, 2012

"Although the photo of these cookies appears as if these are a crunchy buttery cookie mine were different, but very very good. I am camping and only have access to a countertop oven. I didn't have a small enough cookie sheet to bake as directed so I used a mini muffin pan. I also substitued low fat Bisquick mix and used mini chocolate chips instead of the pecans. I mixed the batter/dough the day before baking (kept it in the fridge) until ready to bake. I rolled into one inch balls and placed in the muffin tin. I baked at 350 for 13 minutes. The tops cracked beautifully and the texture was a muffin, not a cookie. But still awesome. i will be interested to find the Next time I make these (at home) with the cookie sheet if they are a buttery crispy cookie as the photo appears. For those that have made this cookie on the cookie sheets are they a crunchy cookie with a buttery crumb or a soft cake like cookie? Thanks!"

dmclouston User ID: 2048696 210625
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2012

"Like a lot of people said,the recipe is so easy.I didn't have butterscotch pudding so I used vanilla and chopped some toasted hazelnuts and also used some mini chocolate chips to equal 1/2 cup.It was great.I am going to try it next time with all the ingredients the way the recipe reads.Can't understand anyone who rated it poorly."

ddagle User ID: 117694 111845
Reviewed Jun. 14, 2012

"So easy & so yummy. My problem is not eating them all before my family gets any! Can't figure what others had a problem with. I did add chocolate chips."

joyousdeeous User ID: 2079311 113528
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

"After reading all the negative & positive reviews, just had to try one batch. I used buttermilk pancake mix, regular butterscotch pudding, rolled the dough into balls & flattened with sugar coated glass bottom. They were lovely...thank you for sharing."

DarleneT User ID: 663582 163065
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2011

"To CeeJay~~~ You would use only 1 sugar free pudding mix. The weight in a box of regular pudding mix would result, primarily from the weight of the sugar as the sweetener. Sugar Free uses artificial sweeteners which are less volume & lighter by weight. Hope this helps. I plan to try these cookies. They sound so good & quick & easy."

cee-jay User ID: 1579946 163064
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2010

"Can these be made with sugar free butterscotch pudding mix? The sugar free mixes are 1 oz so guess I will need 3 boxes. Will this work??"

cookandbaker User ID: 240219 97722
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2009

"I'm confused by all the complaining regarding this recipe. I tried the recipe as written, and thought they were super easy to make and had a Fabulous taste!! My whole family really really loved them. I am putting them on my annual Christmas cookie list---if I can wait that long to make them again. :)"

tammyschneider User ID: 1286717 180947
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2009

"easy, soft, and yummy. Love the versatility of the recipe."

Arlene_Sue User ID: 4201777 179600
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2009

"very good, especially with chocolate chips"

Arlene_Sue User ID: 4201777 165091
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2009

"Very easy and tasty. They are light. I used chocolate chips and they were great"

[email protected] User ID: 913981 98572
Reviewed Oct. 24, 2009

"This could possibly be the worst cookie I ever tasted. I too ended up thowing the whole batch in the trash but only after my husband made fun of them. What a waste of time and money! Really Taste of Home, I expect better!!!!"

gunny2003 User ID: 3941539 165090
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2009

"I baked these cookies tonight and after tasting the first one, I threw the entire batch in the trash.  They are the worst cookies I have ever made - and I have been cooking and baking for over 50 years!  I agree with the majority of the posts on this recipe - they are terrible!  There is no 'cookie' taste or texture to them.  They may be quick and cheap to make - but if they don't taste good - what's the point?  I don't think I have EVER made a recipe from any of your magazines (and I subscribe to several) that I was not completely pleased with - but this one has gone to my shredder.

 Thanks for allowing me to reply.
 Vicki B."

gunny2003 User ID: 3941539 179596
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2009

"I have to agree with the majority of those posting - I threw out all these cookies - well, all but the one I tasted. They had no sweet 'cookie' taste at all-not anything I would ever serve to guests. I have shredded the recipe."

Amy T. User ID: 3476215 104690
Reviewed Sep. 16, 2009

"Again, I am so sorry to hear of your disappointment with the Pecan Butterscotch Cookies. As you may be aware, we test every recipe published in Simple & Delicious in our Test Kitchen. After we saw this post, we retested this recipe three different ways because there can be some confusion regarding the mix that was called for in the recipe. We tried the cookie using one of the ingredients (below) for the 1 cup complete buttermilk biscuit mix in the ingredient list:

1 cup complete buttermilk pancake mix
1 cup biscuit/baking mix (regular Bisquick) -complete just add water
1 cup from the (7.5 oz) pouch complete Bisquick Biscuit Mix - Buttermilk  flavor
Our findings:
The cookies tasted similar regardless of the product we used, and all of the products performed well in the Test Kitchen. We liked the buttermilk pancake mix the best, as it gave the cookie a slightly sweeter flavor. The ingredient in the recipe has been changed from 1 cup complete buttermilk biscuit mix to 1 cup complete buttermilk pancake mix.
The dough was moist and held together better through rolling verses dropping by a tablespoon. The method has been changed to: Roll into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets.                                              
If a slightly sweeter taste cookie is desired, we suggest dipping the glass in sugar before flattening the dough balls.
In summary, we thought the recipe was a clever use of five ingredients to make a quick, pecan butterscotch cookie.
Amy T.
Food Editor, Simple & Delicious magazine"

Amy T. User ID: 3476215 210624
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2009


I apologize for any inconvenience this recipe has caused. We are reviewing the recipe and putting it back through the testing process. I will post the results as soon as they're available.
Thank you for understanding,
Amy T. 

ddisher User ID: 2820770 179591
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2009

"I agree. These were awful. I ended up throwing them all away."

cacr35 User ID: 2405053 111844
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2009

"I just made these cookies and agree with angelbabymd--DID THEY LEAVE SOMETHING OUT! It seems it needs one more thing.


angelbabymd User ID: 3564436 183299
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2009

"I too tried the cookies and was quite excited to try them and they were AWFUL!!!! I am glad I didn't double the batch because I threw out 8 of the 12. My husband thought I made the dog cookies. I think they forgot something."

motherofdogs User ID: 265088 179589
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2009

"I made these cookies tonight.  I can't print here what DH's comment was.  Let's just say they might be the most awful homemade cookies he ever ate.  Seriously, folks - this recipe was a waste of ingredients.  Glad it didn't make many cookies.  I'll shred this recipe.  "

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